Parish Magazine for May 2014

Pencil sketch by W A Green

Friends of Whitton Meeting

A follow-up meeting was held on 11th March in Hope Bagot and Whitton Village Hall chaired by Revd Claire Lording. Everyone agreed that the bulb planting was a great success, thanks to Graham and Janet Breese's initiative. We have all enjoyed the fine display of daffodils throughout the village and we understand there are sufficient funds remaining for even more planting later in the year. The results of the survey showed that a village barbeque was by far the most popular idea - there were several offers of venues. The meeting agreed to take up the offer from David and Lyn Wozencroft this year of a marquee on Sunday 20th July, following the wedding of Gemma and James, the previous day. There were many other activities suggested but it was agreed to have two events a year. For the second event this year the meeting settled on Pauline Atkinson's idea of a trip to a pantomime in December. The consensus was that the current notice board at the bottom of the church steps would be revamped for the use of the village, and finally the next meeting would be held in Spring 2015 to establish next year's social events.

Daffodil Daze 29th March

An ‘executive’ decision was made to hold our annual Daffodil Daze just on one day this year as Mothering Sunday fell on 30th. We were very pleased to welcome a steady number of visitors to St Mary's on Saturday to view what most people thought was the best display ever of daffodils, primroses and wood anemones - they looked magnificent. The Burne-Jones/William Morris window was as popular as ever. Some people spent several hours enjoying the sunshine and just relaxing amongst the flowers; the last people did not leave until 6.30 pm!! by which time we had sold out!! Many thanks go to all who visited and donated, to all who greeted visitors and served teas, to all who gave cakes, scones and produce. A social and financial success resulting in £261 for church funds.

Mothering Sunday

It was good to see the church full with families for the joint Greete and Whitton service held at St Mary's, Whitton. Rev Sue Foster led a lively service with plenty of congregational participation by people of all ages. The modern and cheerful hymns were kindly led by Peter Sandall on his guitar, and following communion the posies were presented and blessed by Sue and were then distributed by the children to the congregation. After the service people very much enjoyed a simnel cake, sponge cake with tea and coffee. Thanks go to Kath Bills for the delicious cakes and to all who contributed in any way to a wonderful service for both young and old. THANK YOU ALL.

Annual PCC meeting

The Annual PCC meeting was held in church on Monday 31st March and was chaired by Revd Claire Lording. Mr Tony Easteal and Mr Michael Holmes were unanimously re-elected as Churchwardens and were thanked by the Chairman for all their hard work over the past year. The following were elected to serve for the forthcoming year: Vice Chairman - Mr Tony Easteal; Secretary and Gift Aid Officer Mrs Topsy Easteal; Treasurer Mr Chris Kemp; Electoral Roll Officer - Mrs Clare Cavenagh. Sincere thanks were expressed to Mac McGuinness and Mrs Mary Hyslop-Winn who have both retired from the PCC, for their service and all they have contributed to the work of the church. Other PCC members are Kath Bills, Ann Kemp, Bill Nield and Michael Jenkins. Deanery Synod Representatives are Tony Easteal and Michael Holmes. Sidesmen are Rose Edwards, Sam Edwards, Michael Jenkins and Chris Kemp. The Electoral Roll stands at 47. The Annual Report and Accounts were presented and adopted. Mr David Clent was appointed examiner, subject to his agreement. The Team Report was handed out to each PCC member. The Health and Safety Book has been written up by Tony Easteal and is deposited in the Vestry. The terrier had been checked signed and audited and all was in good order. It was decided not to take part in the 2014 Festival of Churches and also not to take space in the Shropshire Church Tourism Brochure.

Sunday School 10am

During the communion services in May, June and July it is intended to run a Sunday School at the back of the church under the direction of Ann Kemp. Any young people will be welcome.

Sunday 25th May

Our 10am Holy Communion service will include the baptism of Joshua Mark Hoskins (grandchild of John and Dawn of The Bungalow).

49 Club

Recent winners were:

  1. March 15th George Baker
  2. March 22nd Dawn Hoskins
  3. March 29th David Rhoden
  4. April 5th Steve and Fiona Bounds

Cleaning and Flower Rota for May

Ann Kemp and Michael Holmes

Prayer for Christian Aid Week

Loving God, in Jesus you offer life to the world and love to its people. When we see life only for ourselves, forgive us. Help us to hear your transforming love, speaking to us of respect dignity and worth, telling us that we are loved and that we are to love one another. In the knowledge of this love, work through us to bring your justice to the world, this Christian Aid Week and beyond.

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